Solid Waste Engineering: A Global Perspective, SI Edition (3rd edition)

Solid Waste Engineering: A Global Perspective, SI Edition (3rd edition)

By: Christian Ludwig (author), William A. Worrell (author), P. Vesilind (author)Paperback

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Gain the knowledge you need to address the growing and increasingly intricate problem of controlling and processing the refuse created by global urban societies with SOLID WASTE ENGINEERING: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, 3E. While the authors prepare you to deal with issues, such as regulations and legislation, the main emphasis throughout the book is on mastering solid waste engineering principles. The book first explains the basic principles of the field and then demonstrates through worked examples how you can apply these principles in real world settings. Whether you are a graduate or advanced undergraduate student, or practicing engineer, you learn to think reflectively and logically about the problems and solutions in today's solid waste engineering.

About Author

P. Aarne Vesilind received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina. He spent a post-doctoral year with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo and a year as a research engineer with Bird Machine Company. He joined the faculty of Duke University in 1970 where he served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 1999, he was appointed to the R. L. Rooke Chair of the Historical and Societal Context of Engineering at Bucknell University. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 2006. William A. Worrell received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Duke University in 1976 and 1978, respectively. His master's thesis involved evaluating the separation efficiencies of various air classifiers. In 1989 he attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Summer Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Mr. Worrell has published and/or presented 56 professional papers in the United States, England, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Peru, and China. He is a registered professional engineer in California, Georgia, and Florida. Christian Ludwig received his master's degree (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) from the Chemistry Department at the University of Berne, Switzerland. Post-doctoral years were spent at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources (LAWR), UC Davis, CA (1994-1995) and at the Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology EAWAG (1995-1997). Since 1997, he has worked at the General Energy Research Department of Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). In 2005 he was appointed adjunct professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in the field of Solid Waste Treatment. He has (co-)chaired several large international conferences focusing on Resources and Waste Management, such as REWAS and World Resources Forum.


1. INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT. Solid Waste in History. Materials Flow. The Need for Integrated Solid Waste Management. Special Wastes. Final Thoughts. Problems. 2. MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE CHARACTERISTICS AND QUANTITIES. Definitions. Municipal Solid Waste Generation. Municipal Solid Waste Characteristics. Final Thoughts. Appendix: Measuring Particle Size. Problems. 3. COLLECTION. Refuse Collection Systems. Commercial Wastes. Transfer Stations. Collection of Recyclable Materials. Litter and Street Cleanliness. Final Thoughts. Appendix: Design of Collection Systems. Problems. 4. MECHANICAL PROCESSES. Refuse Physical Characteristics. Storing MSW. Conveying. Compacting. Shredding. Pulping. Roll Crushing. Granulating. Final Thoughts. Appendix: The PI Breakage Theorem. Problems. 5. SEPARATION PROCESSES. General Expressions for Materials Separation. Picking (Hand Sorting). Screens. Float/Sink Separators. Magnets and Electromechanical Separators. Other Devices for Materials Separation. Materials Separation Systems. Final Thoughts. Problems. 6. BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES. Methane Generation by Anaerobic Digestion. Composting. Final Thoughts. Problems. 7. THERMAL PROCESSES. Heat Value of Refuse. Materials and Thermal Balances. Combustion Hardware Used for MSW. Undesirable Effects of Combustion. Final Thoughts. Problems. 8. LANDFILLS Planning, Siting, and Permitting of Landfills. Landfill Processes. Landfill Design. Landfill Operations. Post-Closure Care and Use of Old Landfills. Landfill Mining. Final Thoughts. Problems. 9. TOWARDS INTEGRATED RESOURCES MANAGEMENT - ENVIRONMENTAL, POLITICAL, AND ECONOMIC ISSUES. Life Cycle Analysis and Management. Flow Control. Public or Private Ownership and Operation. Contracting for Solid Waste Services. Financing Solid Waste Facilities. Hazardous Materials. Environmental Justice. The Role of the Solid Waste Engineer. Final Thoughts. Epilogue. Problems. Appendix: The Zero Waste Approach to Resource Management. Appendix A: The Phantom Solid Waste Problem. Appendix B: Bulk Densities of Refuse Components. Appendix C: Conversions. Appendix D: Composition and Analysis of Waste, Raw Material and Fuels.

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  • ISBN13: 9781305638600
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9781305638600
  • weight: 907
  • ISBN10: 1305638603
  • edition: 3rd edition

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